I am fascinated by people who create miraculous art only to know that in hours or days it will be gone forever. Artists that do sand sculpture or ice sculpture or in this case a sidewalk painting all while knowing it will only last for hours. The next day it rained all day in Firenze and all I could think of was the temporary nature of what this man does. It must take a strong personality to cope with that.
I am in the process of searching old images for post production. When I do this I frequently find images that I never shared or really studied at all. I never shared it because I found the window reflections annoying. Maybe they are but when I saw it I laughed out loud so the image works on some level.
This window was on a street in central Milan Italy not far from the Central Park.
I am starting to toy with the concept of doing more exhibition photography after we relocate. During the 1970’s I worked as a photojournalist in Pittsburgh and displayed some work in museum shows including the Carnegie Museum. I stopped working in the field when I became involved in printing and publication. I retired early so I could pick up Photography again and began doing photojournalism although this time without assignments. I am looking for work that Henri Cartier-Bresson would like.
I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print. This one was taken in Paris at Sunset near the Arc de Triumph. Please feel free to leave comments if you agree or disagree about including them in a “best of” list.
Every Friday night in Paris they start to arrive at Gare Montparnasse around 9:30 PM. The goal is to skate through the streets of Paris on a defined route until about 3 A.M. By 10 PM there about 10,000 people from all over the world getting ready to skate Pari-Roller!
I used this image as the cover of my first book Stop the World!. One of my ex photography students said it made her feel voyeuristic to see this. I took that as a compliment. I believe Henri Cartier-Bresson would like this image after all it was a decisive moment.
I truly feel sorry for people who are homeless or going without food in our society. I am also not naive and know there are some people,hopefully a small minority, who are not truly homeless and just beg because they can. In any case, if you are helpless and need to beg but some effort in to it. Treat begging and living on the street as your temporary job and create a better sign at least. And for god’s sake if you have to read on the job you can do better than James Patterson. You can see other photojournalist images and buy apparel and prints on my commercial site.
I am always amazed when traveling through Europe to see how many people smoke cigarettes. It is hard to find restaurants that are non smoking although there are more of them in Paris than during my visit in the 1990’s. This was taken on the streets of Paris as a young man takes a break from his shop job to grab a smoke. You can see other photojournalistic pieces and more scenic work form my european portfolio by clicking here.